33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Coffs Harbour
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 45​min
8
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h
9
Swan Hill
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
13
Gunnedah
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 18th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Moonee Marketplace, then stroll through Diggers beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour road trip website .

Sydney to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Shopping, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Moonee Marketplace ©
Moonee Marketplace
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Do your shopping at Coffee Works and With Sugar. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 28th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 30th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: highs in Alice Springs hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

1
day
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Darwin

#Museums, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

1
day
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Mona, and then get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hobart day trip planning app .

Getting from Darwin to Hobart by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Darwin in September: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mona, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Swan Hill

Swan Hill ©
Swan Hill is a city in the northwest of Victoria, Australia on the Murray Valley Highway and on the south bank of the Murray River, downstream from the junction of the Loddon River. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Lake Boga Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Flying Boat Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Settlement. On the next day, look for gifts at Andrew Peace Wines and then get outside with Big4 riverside.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Swan Hill trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hobart to Swan Hill. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Swan Hill

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Boga
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Settlement ©
Pioneer Settlement
Big4 riverside ©
Big4 riverside
Flying Boat Museum ©
Flying Boat Museum

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Swan Hill to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fremantle Prison and Talijancich Wines. Museum-lovers will appreciate Illusionary Art and Art Gallery of Western Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle (Fremantle Markets & Western Australian Maritime Museum) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, view the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, and kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle, Herne Hill, Caversham Wildlife Park, The Sacred India Gallery, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore South Australian Museum and Migration Museum. Shop till you drop at Adelaide Central Market and Rundle Mall. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Tscharke's Place (in Marananga) and Greenock (Kalleske Wines & Murray Street Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide journey planning app .

You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Adelaide, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Gunnedah.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Greenock, Tscharke's Place, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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night
Gunnedah

Gunnedah ©
Gunnedah is a town in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia and is the seat of the Gunnedah Shire local government area. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Gunnedah Rural Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterways Wildlife Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gunnedah route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Adelaide to Gunnedah. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in September: highs in Gunnedah hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gunnedah

#Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Waterways Wildlife Park ©
Waterways Wildlife Park
Gunnedah Rural Museum ©
Gunnedah Rural Museum

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Rick Rutherford's Countryfor plenty of shopping. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to The Nook (in Leura), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Gunnedah to Sydney with the Route module. Traveling from Gunnedah in September, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Pulpit Rock Lookout, The Nook, Rick Rutherford's Country
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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